East Bank Trail

HARD 17 reviews

East Bank Trail is a 34.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
34.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,019 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Ross Dam: Travel eastward on Highway 20 4 miles to the Eastbank Trailhead. Park your car at this trailhead and shuttle back to Ross Dam if you are using a water taxi to make a southward hike on the trail.

1 month ago

wonderful trail

hiking
1 month ago

5/28/18. to the border and back, East Bank trail to Lightning Creek to Hozomeen lake trail: 70 miles round trip of serious hiking with a heavy pack. Some things to look out for: east bank trail has quite a few trees over it, but passable. the creek crossing at Roland campground you either have to go boots off and knee deep or look upstream and you will see a log going over 10' above the creek. be careful, this is just a log and not flattened; scootch across and don't run the risk. before the first footbridge east bank hugs the cliff face beware of a place where the trail has fallen off to a pylon log below. there are holes in the dirt between the log and where the trail used to be so use caution as you get across, the soil is very loose. from there it's smooth sailing through the foot bridges to lightning creek. lightning creek trail is deceivingly difficult. the climb is much longer and higher than what you would think with lots of dicey goat trail cliffside sections when you get near the top. the decent on the backside to deer lick cabin is smoother, but a fairly quick decent so be sure your shins and knees are ready for it. watch for the trail to cut to a bridge before you get to deer lick cabin. it's boarded up which kind of sucked because it would be a great place to rest after the wicked climb lightning creek trail tuned out to be. if you can push it get to nightmare camp, it looked cool even though I didn't stop. everything is smooth past the lakes, no time to stop in but I plan to one day. no rangers or border patrol up at Hozomeen campground, just a bunch of cool Canadians having a good time. stayed at international point campground for a day, which is a nice clean car/RV style grounds. tooled around the Skagit side then headed back all the way to the trailhead with a stop overnight at lodgepole on the lake. all in all it was an awesome trip. I would rate it as semi-difficult.

1 month ago

large parking lot at trail head. Black bear was blocking trail about 2 miles in, standing over whatever it was eating and squared up to our group of four. After a very brief staring contest, we backed off and returned to trail head. Best part of trail was that it's flat and shaded - good for covering ground on a hot or rainy day.

2 months ago

Great trail with amazing views. Had two bear sightings in the first 10 miles. There are a number of downed trees currently obstructing the trail. There are also a number of Creek crossings, some of which are a little more iffy than others nothing was impassable or too bad as long as you're careful though. Elevation gain is easy, I'm guessing the rating is just because of how long the trail is.

backpacking
2 months ago

Only negative about our 4 night, 5 day adventure was people. Very crowded 2 night stay at lightning creek complete with uptight powertripping stay at home moms who thought they were entitled to the best spots. Had a magical final evening at Hozomeen lake all by ourselves. Reserved a 200 dollar water taxi to take us back within 5 mi of hwy 20 where we were parked. I highly recommend this as a first time backpacking trip.

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked out to Roland Creek campground (about 7 miles in) and back, pretty unimpressive to be honest. It starts out pretty nice, but fades to generic green tunnel with no vantages, distinctive features, or anything of note really for the majority of the hike, although Roland Creek itself at the end is nice.

That said, it looks like the trail might get a bit better if you go a bit farther than I did.

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked to Rainbow Point. Goes through a lot of forest but it’s worth it

backpacking
4 months ago

Great early season trail. Lots of down trees but nothing too gnarly. Don’t blow your ACL

hiking
Saturday, April 19, 2014

You can arrange to have a water taxi pick you up at the north end of the trail and take you back near the trail head if you don't want to do the roundtrip. My wife and I hiked 32 miles out over 3 days then used the taxi for a quick return. Very isolated. Beautiful views with flat terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This is rated difficult only because of the length I'm sure. It's a very flat hike. One section is carved right out of the side of the cliff and is right over the lake--just beautiful. I wanted to do Desolation Peak as well, but got rained out. For the story and pics go to http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2013/06/east-bank-trail-ross-lake-part-one.html

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I didn't expect snow record season of 2011 would prevent us to do any summit hike. East bank trail was the best option to avoid any snow. The view was amazing. On any vista point you get to see full snow capped mountains across the lake. The only problem I had is the high traffic of motor boat. It was really annoying to hear the noise.

hiking
Friday, June 10, 2011

Loved this hike!!! We hiked from the east bank trail head up to lightning creek. The views were absolutely amazing and camping on the beach in seclusion was exactly what my heart craved. We saw lots of wild life and the further up the trail we got, we saw less and less people to where it was just us. Everyone must try this hike! :)

backpacking
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